Commander, Lagos State Command, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Mr. Sule Aliyu, has said the agency seized 936,675 kilogrammes of hard drugs in six months.
He also said no fewer than 117 suspects were arrested in the state for drug-related offences.
Aliyu stated these on Wednesday at a news conference to commence drug free day programme in the state. He said, “The seizure comprises 795.089 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa; 128.940 kilogrammes of ephedrine; 3.823 kilogrammes of cocaine; 8.8 kilogrammes of methamphetamine and 18.3 grammes of heroin.”
He said 35 suspects were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment by the Federal High Court in the state.
Aliyu said in compliance with the global trend, the command was giving emphasis to drug demand reduction.
He said, “We were not only involved in the arrests and prosecution of drug offenders; we also carried out sensitisation campaigns by exposing the consequences of drug abuse and trafficking.
“To this end, the command, within this first half of the year had put in a lot of efforts in educating the public on the danger of hard drugs and trafficking. Our campaigns were extended to both primary and secondary schools in the state.”
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Government on Wednesday said it had discovered drugs and medical equipment worth several millions of naira locked up in stores in some local government councils in the state.
The drugs and medical equipment said to have been procured by the administration of Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, were allegedly not utilised.
The Commissioner for Health in the state, Mr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, while addressing journalists on Wednesday, expressed shock at the development. He said the government had ordered immediate assessment of the drugs and equipment.
The commissioner said, “When we came on board, we discovered several anomalies. One of it was the locked up drugs and medical equipment when the hospitals were in dire need of the items.”
One of the stores is said to be at Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area.
The health commissioner said he paid an unscheduled visit to the store on Sunday and discovered the drugs and medical equipment rotting away.
Gbadegesin, who bemoaned the high maternal mortality rate among pregnant women, said the Abiyamo Health Programme, aimed at addressing the health needs of the people, would soon be unfolded.